Nash Bridges: The Second Season (1996)

Genre(s): Action / Comedy / Crime / Drama
Paramount || NR - 1072 minutes - $49.99 || March 3, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-03-06


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Carlton Cuse (created by)
Cast: Don Johnson, Cheech Marin


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Episode Commentaries
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Stereo)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Let’s face it; “Nash Bridges” is not a great show. Not even close. The acting at times is horrid. The storylines are predictable. And any character development feels a tad forced for my taste. Moreover, this is just kind of “Miami Vice” set on the West Coast. But for all its flaws, I still find the show to be somewhat entertaining, if not just as a time waster.

The series follows Inspector Nash Bridges (Don Johnson), a no-nonsense though clever detective working in San Francisco taking on some of the tough crimes in the city by the bay. Alongside his partner and best friend Inspector Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin), the two investigate murders, robberies, hitmen and kidnappings with a little sideshow hijinks to lighten the mood. Helping out under Bridges’ command are Harvey Leek (Jeff Perry) and Evan Cortez (Jaime Gomez). Early on, a new character was brought in for this second season named A.J. Shimamura (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) as Bridges’ boss, but he was unceremoniously dropped after only 9 episodes.

The show also explores Bridges’ personal life from his college-bound daughter, Cassidy (the lovely Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), an ex-wife Lisa (Annette O’Toole), a sister who works in the district attorney’s office and his aging father (James Gammon).

I’ll say, as much as this show sometimes makes me wince with such bad writing and poor plotlines, I still managed to enjoy the show as a action-comedy and for the charismatic, though I guess pompous, performance from one Don Johnson, a man who found stardom in the mid 80s with “Miami Vice” which included a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it “music” career. In any case, Johnson keeps the show afloat taking the viewer from one crime to another with ease and comedy.

Feeding off of Johnson, Cheech Marin is great as the off-kilter partner who comes up with zany, money-making schemes that he somehow manages to rope Nash into at least helping (given Bridges now needs to find the funds to send his daughter to college). Of course, Marin is just a funny guy and even the worst of scripts he’ll be able to make the most out of and he certainly elevates for the series.

Having caught “Nash Bridges” in syndication (a few years ago now), I’ve seen just about every episode so watching this second season was basically refresher but it also shows that despite being kind of a background series – whereas others like “ER” or “Friends” got more chatter –, “Nash Bridges” holds up fairly well even with the flaws.

EPISODE LISTING:
01. Internal Affairs
02. Til Death Do Us Part
03. The Great Escape
04. Wrecking Crew
05. Trackdown
06. The Brothers McMillan
07. Night Train
08. Zodiac
09. Leo’s Big Score
10. Hit Parade
11. Promised Land
12. 25 Hours of Christmas
13. Road Work
14. Inside Out
15. The Counterfeiters
16. The Web
17. Knockout
18. Gun Play
19. Rampage
20. Out of Chicago
21. Moving Target
22. Wild Card
23. Deliverance



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Packaging: Just a quick note, Paramount once again puts the second season in a standard DVD case with room inside to hold all 5 discs. I know some may not like this design, but the set is secure with little room for the discs to come loose and it’s also great on those with limited space...

2 Episode Commentaries – There are two commentaries, one on “Night Train” with creator Carlton Cuse and co-star Cheech Marin and “Wild Card” with Don Johnson.

Writers’ Roundtable: Season 2 (17:28) features Creator Carlton Cuse, Executive Producer John Wirth, Supervising Producer Jed Seidel, Co-Executive Producer Reed Steiner (all also writers) and Writer Shawn Ryan. The five guys just sit around chatting about “Nash Bridges” not only about season 2 but about the series in general.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Nash Bridges” season two comes to DVD in its original full frame presentation and with a standard but serviceable Stereo soundtrack. I will mention that the picture actually isn’t too bad but it is kind of soft in place, but that’s to be expected given the show is now 13 years old.



.::OVERALL::.

Although it ran for six seasons, “Nash Bridges” isn’t some classic series, but it does have some good entertainment value and with the chemistry between Don Johnson and Cheech Marin, you’ll have a better time than even with some of the longer running shows.